A Little History
H & H Specialties was founded in 1967 by John H. Higgins in Los Angeles. The company initially sewed stage curtains and coordinated installation services for institutional and theatrical products. John's sister Louise was the original seamstress who fabricated the curtains when the company was in its early days.
In 1968, the move was made to South El Monte, CA and the focus of the company began to shift from curtain fabrication and installation coordination to manufacturing and distribution of hardware products. The first products introduced were hospital cubicle tracks, stage curtain tracks, and map hooks for use with chalk and tack boards.
The counterweight rigging line was introduced in 1971. About this time, a nationwide dealer network was established for product distribution and the curtain fabrication and installation coordination services were discontinued. H & H is very proud of our dealer network. In fact, our first dealer is still a valued customer today after 50 years.
In 2014, we relocated a second time, to a larger facility in City of Industry, CA. The facility allows us to continue to grow, offer additional theatrical rigging products, and service our customer's requirements quickly and efficiently. Our stage rigging products and curtain track products are used in many of the most famous venues in North America, from Hollywood to Broadway.
On April 1, 2022, Texas Scenic Company of San Antonio purchased the assets of H & H Specialties, Inc., allowing for the continuation of the tradition of manufacturing quality products and providing excellent customer service, for which H & H has been known. The addition of the H & H brand to the Texas Scenic family of products allows for more diversity of products and solutions for all our customers.
What's In A Name?
Many of our customers have asked, who were the two H's in H & H Specialties? The answer is simply, in the beginning there was only one “H”, John H. Higgins. In the 1950's, John Higgins and his brother-in-law, Harry Hanks, co-owned a stage equipment company named Hanks & Higgins Specialties in South El Monte, California. The company sewed stage curtains, manufactured stage rigging equipment, and offered installation services for the products that they manufactured. Other companies in the Los Angeles area referred to Hanks & Higgins Specialties by the abbreviation "H & H."
When Hanks & Higgins Specialties closed in 1959, John Higgins relocated to the Midwest and
worked in the theatrical industry as an outside salesman. In 1967, he moved back to Los Angeles and started a new company, named H & H Specialties, borrowing on the abbreviation of his previous company. Mary Louise Higgins, wife of John, joined H & H in 1972 and ran the financial side of the business.
We currently occupy 58,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution space in City of Industry, CA. Our location in the Los Angeles area gives us access to every manufacturing process required for our product lines. Currently, we operate our own metal turning, stamping, bending, welding, and painting shops; and UL Listed Industrial Control Panel manufacturing facility.
H & H is tooled to perform most of our manufacturing processes in-house, allowing us strict delivery and quality control of the finished product. The addition of the H & H brand to the Texas Scenic family of products allows for more diversity of products and solutions for all our customers. From a simple stage track to a sophisticated stage rigging control system, we have the solutions for your project.
Our staff includes employees with degrees in architecture, theatre, television production, graphic arts and business, many with more than 40 years of experience within our industry. Staff credentials include certified welders and ETCP Ceritified Riggers-Theatre. In addition, we have long-standing relationships with various consulting engineers specializing in entertainment engineering.
Contact us today for all your stage equipment needs.